Since he was a young dude in Akron, OH, Anthony Mills has been listening to a lot of country music. The "Rubber City" native vividly remembers getting ready for school while the morning radio played the hits from big names like Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and Willie Nelson. Charlie Pride was probably in the mix up in there, but Anthony was not aware of who he was at the time.
Though the faces of the artists who dominated country radio waves were mostly white, Anthony found the ethos of their music to be just like his. He felt country music belonged to everyone and did not feel insecurity based on race. "I knew I was built Ford tough, 'like a rock' and all that blue collar tendency.”, says Mills. "That for me, is the byproduct of great storytelling."
Anthony Mills is a country artist no matter what you might think. He is a man who has lived a life and has a story to tell. The great-grandchild of middle America's industrial revolution. Born and raised in working class Akron, Ohio with family stretching from Lake Charles, Louisiana to the West Indies to Stockholm, Sweden. Plus, Mills is a character who cut his teeth as a classical voice major at
The Manhattan School of Music. Since the late 90s, Mills worked and toured with Harry Belafonte, Amy Winehouse, Krs-One, Sizzla, Grace Bumbry, Leela James and more. These experiences forged the character Anthony Mills has become.
It was just 3 years ago when Anthony began to tell his story through his own flavor of country music. He released his debut album, 'blue collar work ethic' with the label Icons Creating Evil Art in 2019 giving us a taste of his amazing storytelling capabilities. This year we see the release of his second country album, delivering Anthony's deep south background partnered with "up norf” nuances and creating some down home country "drankin" songs. Anthony Mills’ sophomore country album, 'drankin songs of the midwest' is released Oct. 9 on Icons Creating Evil Art.